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Ralph S. Northam Elected as Lieutenant Governor

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Richmond, VA - Democratic state Sen. Ralph S. Northam has been elected lieutenant governor of Virginia.

The Associated Press called the race Tuesday night with 56% of precincts reported. Ralph Northam had 52% of the votes and Republican E.W. Jackson had 48%.

 

Northam defeated Republican E.W. Jackson in a race sharply defined by social issues.
 
Northam's campaign centered on Northam's defense of abortion rights and Jackson's Christian-based anti-abortion platform. Jackson also opposes gay marriage, while Northam supports it.

The winner succeeds Republican Bill Bolling.

A Democrat hasn't occupied the office since U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was lieutenant governor in 2006.

The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and casts a ballot on tie votes.

 

You can get the results here. 

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